• The Third Door

  • The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers
  • By: Alex Banayan
  • Narrated by: Alex Banayan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-05-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars (679 ratings)

Regular price: $28.00

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Publisher's Summary

The National Best Seller

The larger-than-life journey of an 18-year-old college freshman who set out from his dorm room to track down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, and dozens more of the world’s most successful people to uncover how they broke through and launched their careers. 

The Third Door takes listeners on an unprecedented adventure - from hacking Warren Buffett’s shareholders meeting to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to celebrating in a nightclub with Lady Gaga - as Alex Banayan travels from icon to icon, decoding their success. After remarkable one-on-one interviews with Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Larry King, Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Tim Ferriss, Quincy Jones, and many more, Alex discovered the one key they have in common: they all took the Third Door.  

Life, business, success...it’s just like a nightclub. There are always three ways in. There’s the First Door: the main entrance, where 99 percent of people wait in line, hoping to get in. The Second Door: the VIP entrance, where the billionaires and celebrities slip through. But what no one tells you is that there is always, always… the Third Door. It’s the entrance where you have to jump out of line, run down the alley, bang on the door 100 times, climb over the dumpster, crack open the window, sneak through the kitchen - there’s always a way in. Whether it’s how Bill Gates sold his first piece of software or how Steven Spielberg became the youngest studio director in Hollywood history, they all took the Third Door.

©2018 Alex Banayan (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Exhilarating and empowering...If you care about your success, you have to read The Third Door.” (Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s number one life and business strategist)

“From redefining success with Steve Wozniak to staring death in the eyes with Jessica Alba, this book is packed with adventure, drama, and remarkable lessons the whole way through. Whether you‘re an executive or a recent college graduate, you’ll find inspiration and wisdom in The Third Door.” (Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and New York Times best-selling author of Thrive)

"The Third Door is at once a spirited coming-of-age story and a hard-headed examination of what it takes to succeed at the highest levels. Alex Banayan has cracked the code of the world’s most successful people and shown he will soon join their ranks.” (Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind)

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This story saved my future...

I’m a 23 years old female studying advertising design, dying inside for not feeling like I was fulfilling my purpose or any of my dreams. As I came through this book (by a very random way) I started listening to it non stop... To make the long story short, I finally found what I’ve been looking for throughout all these years: a savior to my future. But not a person specifically, instead, a life long experience’s story kind of savior... It showed me that life is better when you always enter by “the third door”, and that possibilities are those that you make yourself.

Thank you Alex for being brave enough to take on this journey. I’m forever grateful.

Cordially,

Laurimar Melendez

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Think and Grow Rich For Modern Times.

Alex is amazing. I've read and listened to thousands of books in my 49 years and Alex Banayan has written one of the absolute best. It's a page turner par excellence - or a minute eater in my case - as I listened to it all in one sitting. It is has everything. You will laugh, cry and be fully inspired. Alex's journey from boredom to boats, boardrooms, nightclubs with Lady Gaga and even meeting Bill Gates's in his private office - is packed full of energy and a great deal of Wisdom. His quest to interview the successful and discover how they started and succeeded gets crystallised into his compelling concept of 'The Third Door' which is a fantastic metaphor. It is no understatement to say this book has the potential to be the modern day equivalent of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich. Alex learns about Happiness from Steve Wozniak, Humanity and Wisdom from Maya Anjelou and Exploring the World and Life from Quincy Jones to mention but a few. The heartfelt ending where this young man loses his father cannot help but touch you deeply. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF, LIFE AND PROPERLY SUCCEEDING, FAIL TO GET THIS BOOK AT YOUR PERIL. Now, I am going to get the Kindle Version so I can read it and absorb it some more, then I'm going to listen again.

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  • MC
  • 06-23-18

Highly Recommend

What a great book this was to listen to on my commutes to and from work. While I do not typically choose books of this nature, I was drawn to download The Third Door after hearing Alex on The Rich Roll podcast; and, I am so glad I did!

The story had me crying and laughing along and each chapter only seemed to get better than the last, which is impressive considering who all was interviewed along his journey. I can’t recommend it enough and hope you will gain as much from it as I have!

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  • EK
  • 06-22-18

A must read (listen)!

I bought this book after hearing Alex Banayan on The Rich Roll Podcast. Even though I’m about the farthest you can get from the demographic this book was originally intended (a 42 year old mom and wife content in her career and life) I was so drawn in by Alex’s storytelling and experience I wanted to hear more. I’m SO glad I did! Beautifully read by the author, Alex Banayan, The Third Door is engaging from the start. I bought the book in the morning and listened to every minute until it was finished, I couldn’t put it down. A combination of amazing storytelling, beautiful reflection, and the power of possibility, this book is full of entertainment and insight no matter your career, passion, or place in life. It’s infused with what’s possible when we believe in that which moves us and take action towards our mission with knowledge, failure, growth and purpose. But for me the greatest take away is the power within us all to help and connect to one another, to be door openers and window finders, to move and be moved towards our own mission and in service of others. I loved this book and cannot recommend it enough.

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  • RV
  • 06-19-18

A must listen for every millennial

This book is a must read for any and all millennials. The story and lessons covered in this book are AMAZING. As an aspiring entrepreneur this book has inspired me beyond belief to accomplish this life. The fact that the author narrated this book, I believe, made it even more impactful as you get the true emotion and makes feel like you are on the journey right along side him.

The acknowledgment section became very real and emotional for me as I thought of my late grandfather and my still living father. The lessons learned about relationships and true friendships brought me to tears. This is a book that I will share with my children as they get older and live life.

Thank you, Mr. Banayan for your sacrifice and inspiration. Thank you for creating and sharing this masterpiece with the world.

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The books is enjoyable. And inspiring. and All. I experience some emotions I don't want to say but they were felt so deeply. I will cherish this book and remembered all my life. thank you very much.

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  • Kady
  • Bellevue, WA, United States
  • 08-11-18

incredible

couldn't stop listening. Alex is a terrific storyteller and a great teacher. recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about thinking differently

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best book for this generation perspective

alex full read of the book transform it into another book reading experience. must read book this summer

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Eye Opening

I loved the way Alex shared The stories and things he learned during his journey! I’d highly recommend you read this book so you can push your life to the next level.

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An Uncommon Adventure!

This book was great! The author Alex Banayan takes you on an emotional adventure where he is in hot pursuit to glean information from the world's most prominent people for the purpose of enlightening young people in the 21st century. Very well written, nothing boring about it, and well worth anyone's time. He even leaves tidbits for young readers to investigate other books.
Thanks Alex this was actually worth my time.

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  • Licious
  • 09-14-18

Haven’t been moved like this ever before!!!

Alex! Truly moving and mind shifting recount of your experiences! I believe every young person leaving school should listen to this book and anyone contemplating chasing their dreams MUST listen / read this book. I was in tears at the end at the recount of your father’s passing as it resonated EXACTLY with how my father passed. For once someone has explained the pathways to success in simple language, easy to listen to and easy to work with and explained in a fun and exciting manner! This sets the standard for Audio books- every author should read their own book as only they can express and emphasise the emotional aspects of their writing.
Thank you so much Alex! Truly a Game Changer!!!!

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  • Mark Asplin
  • 08-28-18

simply one of the best audiobooks I have listened

simple the best, great story told well with laughs, emotion and triumphs . well recommended

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  • Davcio85
  • 08-27-18

enjoyed this book

good story full of life lessons specially the end resonated with me family is everything.

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  • keri
  • 08-17-18

My top 2 books of all time

Sensational and I read often a book a week. Please download it now. Incredible inspirational and resonates.

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  • anu
  • 08-09-18

Moving and inspiring !!!

This book will inspire you to look for third door when, in life the doors slam shut infront of your face. Voice of Alex and the energy and the emortions do the justise to the message within the book.

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  • Goldenboy
  • 08-03-18

Want to change your life? Read this book

To be honest, I dont like the phrase "self help" as these days it tends to conjure up images of super energetic "gurus" fist pumping and telling you to "just get sh*t done"

This book is less self help in the conventional sense, and more of a lifestyle choice. Being successful in your chosen endeavor does not happen by following "10 tips to be a millionaire / billionaire / the next elon musk / live on mars etc. Instead its something that you obsess about, live, breathe and hustle until it becomes a reality.

Alex's story wonderfully demonstrates what you need to be doing and how you need to be thinking if you want to shoot for something more than average. if you want to be super entertained while simultaneously changing your life, then get this book!

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  • Philip Rutovitz
  • 07-24-18

Fantastic book that touches on the most important things in life!

One of the best books I have ever read. Should be required reading for everyone who wants more from life (whatever more means for you). It touched me deeply and even if I am no longer young at 50, I learned so much. Thank-you Alex!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-18

most inspiring book I have read in ages !!

Loved this book of ups and downs , joy and grief . Left me incredibly motivated and inspired

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  • Jan
  • 07-20-18

Interesting story but lacking in real content

Very interesting story and told in a very engaging way. It gave me some additional inspiration and ideas for my own journey, it's just a shame that it really lacks some properly useful content.

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  • Garry Junkuhn
  • 07-19-18

Will share this profound book with my two sons.

Alex, I feel like I know you after listening to your story. Loved every moment of it. I am currently traveling back to the UK to see my two sons who I have recently reconnected with after three years apart. My oldest son is 16 and at a perfect stage in his life to receive the gift of this book. I can only imagine how this will inspire his young mind to realize really what is possible when you make the choice. Thank you

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  • Joseph Thomas Williams
  • 06-17-18

A book for all ages

Although I turned 40 last month, this book really spoke to me. It is not just for people starting out their journey in college. While it is easy to tell someone to never give up and use persistence as your fuel, the stories in this book really brought it home. It usually takes me a few weeks to get through a book in between running a company and raising a family. I finished this book in two days. I look forward to hearing and learning more from Alex.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-18

One of the greatest books I have ever read

Just make yourself a favor and listen to this, not only is informative but also entertaining, I felt like I was in a movie, the art of story telling in this audio is absolute awesome! Couldn’t recommend it more!!! And sorry to hear about your dad bro, he would be so so proud of you, stay humble, happy and hungry as you already are!

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  • Mason
  • 09-04-18

An Incredible Journey

This is a cross section success. Alex does a great job finding wisdom from the successful. He doesn't just pass this on to the listener; he lives the lessons.

The naration from Alex was strange at first but by the end it is clear why no one else could have narated it.

I'm inspired to relisten and take notes.

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  • Leo Kimble
  • 08-27-18

excellent book

An excellent book. Anyone looking for an inspirational story which highlights the journey of possibility when you look at the world through the lens of opportunity should definitely get this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-18

Must Read

This book was incredible and so relatable. If you are considering giving up on anything read this first. Thank you Alex

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-18

Modern Moral Stories for the Young and Aspiring

Phenomenal hearing the journey narrated by the author! Captivating, inspiring and unbelievably thought provoking.
Quirky anecdotes, relatable life lessons and a charismatic knack for instilling perspective to the readers.
As someone who falls into the same generation as the author, I appreciate the value and the message this book shares, for young, ambitious adults.
Thank you Alex Banayan, for taking the wise and successful's hindset and making our generation's foresight.

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  • Amalia Stavreas
  • 07-12-18

The book every person should read at least once

The Third Door was recommended to me by my brother who attended Summit. He knew that I needed something. Something inspiring, something soul moving. This book nailed it. In every way. Because Alex reads the book himself, you can't help but become enthralled and entwined in his experiences. You feel his experiences. But most of all, you GET the lessons so brilliantly highlighted by Alex and the people he interviewed. Thank you Alex. Thank you for being brave and bringing this to the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-18

What a ride

One of the best audio books I have ever listen to! Couldn’t stop listening. Alex did such a great job at bringing you in on his journey, while sharing plenty of great lessons.